“Beyond Coal – Towards Net-Zero Emissions: South Korea and Germany Share Experiences

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Tags: decarbonization

    27/01/2021 - 16:00
    Korea, Seoul
    27/01/2021 - 18:15
    German Federal Foreign Office.

South Korea and Germany face similar challenges when it comes to the transformation of their energy systems. Both countries have pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2050, which will require an ambitious coal phase-out and fast-paced growth in renewables and other low-carbon technologies. In both, hydrogen is seen to be a critical component in their future energy systems.

This online event will bring together high-level government representatives, business, think tanks, and NGOs from South Korea, Germany, and other countries to discuss:

- What does a net-zero emissions pledge mean for the power sector?

- What role can green hydrogen play to accelerate the energy transition?

- How can we collaborate in our common aim to decarbonize the power sector?

한국과 독일은 2050년까지 탄소중립국이 되겠다고 선언했습니다. 양국이 탄소중립 목표를 실현하기 위해서는 2030까지 석탄을 폐지하고, 재생에너지 및 그린수소 등 저탄소 기술로의 전환을 가속화하는 등 더욱 전향적인 정책 결정이 요구되는 때입니다.

이번 온라인 국회토론회에서는 탈석탄, 그린수소 등의 정책 수단을 먼저 도입해온 독일의 경험에서 시사점을 얻고, 탄소중립 목표를 감안하여 한국의 탈석탄 정책과 에너지전환의 추진 방향을 다시 점검하여 보고자 합니다. 한국 및 독일의 정부, 산업계, 학계, NGO 등을 대표하는 다양한 전문가가 참여하여 아래의 주제에 대해 논의할 계획입니다.

- 탄소중립 목표를 감안한 탈석탄 정책 등 발전부문 정책 방향

- 에너지전환 과정에서 수소 에너지의 역할 및 활용 전략

- 발전부문의 탄소감축을 가속화하기 위한 정책 개선과제와 한국과 독일의 협력방안

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Jan 27, 2021 04:00 PM in Seoul


16.00 – 16.10 WELCOME

  • Michael Reiffenstuel, German Ambassador to South Korea
  • Sunghwan Kim, National Assembly Member, South Korea
  • Wonyoung Yangyi, National Assembly Member, South Korea

16.10 – 16.20 A global shift away from coal

  • Hannah Schindler, Senior Project Coordinator, Climate Transparency

16.20 – 16.50 South Korea’s plans to achieve net-zero emissions in the power sector

This session will discuss the challenges to reach consensus on a coal phase-out date and explore the role that green hydrogen can play in transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy. Recommendations for Korea’s plan for a coal phase-out

  • Dr. Changhoon Lee, Chief Research Fellow, Korea Environment Institute

Role of the power sector in rapid decarbonization of the country: Suggestions for a coal phase-out and the usage of hydrogen

  • Jeehye Park, Director, Solutions for Our Climate


16.50 – 17.20 Experiences from Germany’s coal phase-out and hydrogen policies

This session will draw lessons from Germany’s coal phase-out decision process, as well as its hydrogen policy. Insights from Germany’s coal commission and coal legislation

  • Philipp Litz, Project Manager “International Coal Transition”, Agora Energiewende

Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy 2020

  • Ulrich Benterbusch, Deputy Director-General, Efficiency and Heat in Industry and Households, Sustainable Mobility, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany


17.20 – 18.00 Panel discussion: How to phase out coal and increase the use of green hydrogen to decarbonize Korea’s economy?


  • Suktae Hwang, Deputy Minister of Living Environment Policy Office, Ministry of Environment
  • Youngjoon Joo, Deputy Minister for Energy and Resources, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
  • Donghun Oh, Head of the Climate and Environment Department, Korea Midland Power Co.
  • Dr. Jae Kyeung Kim, Korea Energy Economics Institute
  • Sangbok Lee, Journalist, Energy and Environment News

18.00 – 18.15 Q&A AND SUMMARY